2 developers eye Church Corners Inn project in East Hartford

East Hartford Development Director Eileen Buckheit said there’s interest from Parker Benjamin Inc., out of Unionville, and New York-based Vessel Technologies Inc.. Both responded to bids put out by the town for the renovation project. Town officials have not yet met with the teams, Buckheit said, but each submitted very different proposals for the property. Vessel, a housing product development company, proposed demolishing the inn and putting up a 50-unit apartment building in the company’s signature style of small, attainable apartments for middle-income residents. Buckheit said provisions of the RFP call for renovation and not demolition, and that the town council is in favor of restoration. The town bought the property at 860 Main St., in January for $950,000. Town officials plan to sell the building to the selected developer, and are not looking to enter any public-private partnership, she said.


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